The coming week will be crucial for the defense of Ukrainian Severodonetsk, which Putin’s invaders will try to take full control of.
The struggle in the direction of Severodonetsk is expected to grow into a phase of significant aggravation.
This is evidenced by data from the Institute for War Studies (ISW).
Russian troops are accumulating equipment around Toshkivka and bringing equipment to Starobilsk (about 40 km northeast of Severodonetsk in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region) to support operations in Severodonetsk from the east.
Russian troops are likely to continue to send troops and equipment to Severodonetsk to complete the capture of the industrial zone next week.
“Russian troops are likely to continue efforts to clear the Azot plant and complete an operation to encircle the environs south of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk by climbing the T1302 Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway,” analysts said.
In addition, it is assumed that the occupiers will further intensify artillery strikes east of Bakhmut along the T1302 to create conditions for an offensive to the north to support the encirclement of Ukrainian troops. troops in Severodonetsk-Lysychansk.
It is also stated that Russian troops are unlikely to advance on Slavyansk, as they are concentrating resources on completing the capture of Severodonetsk and the rest of the Luhansk region. In turn, Russian sources are creating informational conditions to justify the slow and unsuccessful advance to Slavyansk from the southeast of Izyum and west of the Lyman.
At the same time, analysts say that the Ukrainian resistance in the occupied territories does not allow the Russian authorities to publicly support the “accession” of these territories. And guerrillas are preventing Russia from strengthening control over the occupied territories.
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